Comments on: Two announcements http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/ Blog, news, books Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Annie Kingwell http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-47083 Wed, 21 May 2014 07:04:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-47083 Kingwell is a leading battery supplier with best price in China.We provide top quality battery BMS,primary battery,rechargeable battery(lithium,Nimh,Nicd,NiZN cells) and charger.Find professional battery product and manufacturer,Kingwell will be your best choose.http://www.kingwellbattery.com

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By: kuaför http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28792 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:12:42 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28792 thank you

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By: roman havası http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28446 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:14:07 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28446 THANK YOU

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By: ilahiler http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28317 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:46:43 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28317 ilahiler ilahi dinle

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By: kürtçe şarkılar http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28306 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:46:07 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28306 kürtçe şarkılar

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By: türküler http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28286 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:42:24 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28286 türküler

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By: hüseyin kagıt http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28243 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:37:20 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28243 hüseyin kagıt

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By: arsiz bela http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-28096 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:53:44 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-28096 arsiz bela

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By: Saty http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13612 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 20:39:54 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13612 Just go for it, Mr. Lessig!

All the best for you,

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By: Rene Visco http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13611 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 23:00:58 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13611 Hi, I wonder if you should wait until Obama’s elected as a US president. You may be the strongest candidate for his CTO cabinet position.

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By: Baratunde Thurston http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13610 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 07:41:27 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13610 LESSIG FOR FCC CHAIRMAN!

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By: Haluk Ozdemir http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13609 Sat, 23 Feb 2008 23:30:12 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13609 Saw the article in SJ Mercury News this morning. Should you decide to run, I hereby pledge $200 minimum for your campaign.

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By: Dan Halpern http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13608 Sat, 23 Feb 2008 04:20:52 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13608 I hope you’ll run. I live in the district and yearn for a competitive race for Congress – something we haven’t had in years because the district is so Democratic. I can’t see anything but positives – Speier will be a better representative for it if she wins and the Democratic establishment in the County will get shaken up a bit and have some new blood if you win.

P.S. I’ll probably vote for you and maybe even work in your campaign. :-)

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By: Kathi W http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13607 Sat, 23 Feb 2008 01:41:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13607 Professor Lessig: I applaud your enthusiasm in considering a run for public office and I absolutely agree with your Change-Congress.org platform. However, I’m having a problem because your positions (that I know of so far) are extremely close to the leading candidate, Jackie Speier. Your positions as listed (on ActBlue) are: 1. Accept no money from PACs or lobbyists 2. Work to end Congressional earmarks 3. Support publicly-financed campaigns.

I’m sure Jackie Speier is a strong opponent of Congressional earmarks, and I’m assuming as a long time progressive that she’s a supporter of election public financing. So about the only difference I see is that she has taken campaign contributions from PACs and you advocate that candidates refrain from taking PAC money.

So my question to you is…why not pick up the phone and call Jackie Speier – ask her if she agrees with your concerns and if she’d agree to a set of fund-raising standards that I will suggest are even more progressive and comprehensive than you advocate:
1) no PAC money
2) no MOD money (Money from Outside of District)
3) no personal wealth used.

If Jackie’s answer is “yes” to these limitations, then maybe you can forego a personal run for Congress and spend your time, money and energy in getting other congressmembers and candidates to sign on to your positions to effectuate real change. What a win-win that would be! Worth a phone call??

What does anyone else think about this suggestion???

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By: Adhemar http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13606 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:25:25 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13606 Disclaimer: I’m not an American, and hence not a voter in California’s 12th Congressional District.

If you decide to run, I wish you the best of luck. But consider this first…

As an analogy, let’s assume (it isn’t hard to do) that senator Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, the race is between him and senator John McCain. Both stress the importance of ethics in politics; both do not take (lots of) special interest money. In terms of securing earmarks, Obama ranks in the bottom 25% (which is a good start), but McCain rejected earmarks entirely (which is of course better), or so I’m told.

One could argue that McCain is closer to the “Change Congress” criteria than Obama is. Even if that’s true, would I consider voting for McCain? No. On practically all of the other issues, especially the other important ones, Barack’s opinions are closer to mine than McCain’s. So, I would vote Obama.

When you decide to run against Jackie Speier, would I vote for you? I’m not sure yet. By your own admission, she’s a very good politician. She has a record, we know where she stands. But she takes special interest money. You, on the other hand, pledge to the “Change Congress” criteria. But that is just one thing. The electorate deserves to know where you stand on all the issues, not just the ethics (and copyright). Between a candidate I know and respect, who takes money, and a law professor who only spoke out on ethics and copyright, the former might be the save choice to make.

Ultimately, that may be one of the main differences between the role of activist and the role of politician. As an activist of Free Culture and Political Ethics, you don’t need to tell the world whether you are pro-life or pro-choice; whether you believe more in personal defence against criminals through gun ownership or safety against accidents through gun control; where you stand on education, energy, healthcare and immigration. The world not knowing all your views might be a good thing: this way, you don’t scare off possible supporters of Free Culture and/or Political Ethics who are otherwise conservative/Republican. As a politician, the electorate deserves to know.

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By: Martin Alvarado http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13605 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 11:20:13 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13605 I support your willingness to speak out on issues and perhaps take on what you perceive as the “establishment”, but I saw that you took an incredibly cheap shot against progressive Jackie Speier (if the quote was correct). You talked about her taking $250,000 in campaign contributions from the insurance industry in previous campaigns.

And the reason I say this is a cheap shot because even if such contributions were made (perhaps over her 20+ years of elected office?) – that is only half the story. The implication was that such contributions had a negative effect on her ability to fight the good fight for the little guy — while quite the opposite was true. Jackie Speier was a constant thorn in the side of the insurance industry as well as the banking industry, the credit card industry and many, many other industries that take advantage of the working class. (Remember her Privacy Bill which she got passed after four years of trying – despite heated opposition from banking, etc.?)

If you’re contemplating a race based on honesty and transparency, it might behoove you to take a deep breath and think through your statements before you take a needless cheap shot at a successful progressive leader like Jackie.

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By: Chris Blanchard http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13604 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 01:31:37 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13604 Best wishes, Professor, Congress and your country need you. I agree with your platform, but it isn’t likely that any of it will be adopted. When Congress looks in the mirror, they look at each other – and they see nothing wrong. Also, the individuals who eschew PAC money, put themselves at a real disadvantage vis-a-vis other members of Congress and other candidates. If you want to get a boatload of money out of politics, repeal the 17th Amendment.

With Senators again being selected by legislatures, there’d be no more money in the Senate. Then, the House would appear to be “corrupt” when viewed against their Senate counterparts. The grassroots doesn’t see a difference between the House and Senate, and really, there isn’t. But there could and should be. The grassroots may very well demand change when they see that their House members are being bought off by corporations, and the Senators representing their State are free from that influence. But campaign finance reform never had been a salient issue – not in the time of McCain-Feingold – and less so now. So good luck finding any real grass roots interest unless you can create it your self by “purifying” or restoring at least one of the houses of Congress first. And repealing the 17th is the best way to do that.

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By: Andrew A. Peterson http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13603 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:42:06 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13603 I’m so glad to hear about this! I will do whatever I can to help. There’s nobody I’d rather have in DC representing us!

But 2 things:

1. Lessig08.org should have links to more ways to spread the “10 minutes…” video aside from just blip.tv. WordPress, for instance, doesn’t like BlipTV embed codes and It took a while for me to hunt down the YouTube version, which brings me to the next point…
2. In the interest of making your videos also potentially serve as “viral” materials for grass-roots supporters like me, consider naming the videos in a way that makes them easier to find thru search queries.

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By: goatchowder http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13602 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:14:35 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13602 Don’t primary Jackie Speier. She’ll obliterate you. She’ s very, very well loved in this district, and has built up political good will over 30 years of service. She knows everyone. I think she’d make an outstanding Congresswoman.

However, I hope Obama wins and he appoints you CTO of the United States. I think that’d be a better use of your talents, actually.

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By: neil maclean http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13601 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:27:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13601 regarding the question of whether to run for congress, I believe I gain more from you as a critic, theorist, and creator than I would as a member of congress.

Regarding corruption, I don’t understand why so little attention is given to the cost of media in elections. The cost of advertisements drives the need for corporate contributions. Yet the airwaves are public property, a commons. Would a reform that allowed candidates to access broadcast media be easier to win than full campaign financing? Would you address this?

A more nuanced question about corruption derives from comparing the “Yes We Can” video to the theme song video crafted by H. Clinton’s campaign. Why does the Clinton campaigns feel like “just words?”.

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By: Michael R http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13600 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 06:28:35 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13600 There is one concrete benefit to this culture of money fueled politics. The public can track the flow. If you succeed in your stated goals the corporate interests will still have their interests. They will still wish to influence legislation. They will find a way to express those wishes and interests. What might that way be? How could we track it? What would be bartered in the absence of currency based system?

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By: Tim Myers http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13599 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 04:10:44 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13599 Larry,

I admire your conviction, but I really don’t think that you should run. I think you would be much more effective at changing the world from your perch at Stanford Law than you would be as one congressperson among 435.

At Stanford you have a world-class podium from which to create and spread your ideas, and a neutral one at that. There is nothing like the patina of neutrality of academia in order to gain non-partisan credibility of ideas. Politics and political affiliations changes this powerful tool.

Beyond that, politics takes a certain temperament that I’m not sure that you would like. One has to be engaging and outgoing constantly and willing to constantly wheel and deal, and often make unseemly compromises.

I think you do many wonderful things in your post at Stanford, and I think your impact would be to continue generating ideas from that influential post.

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By: Thomas Hawk http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13598 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 03:29:03 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13598 Go for it. We need copyright reform and you’re just the guy to lead the charge.

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By: Gabe Wachob http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13597 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 02:49:39 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13597 My comments as a resident of the 12th CD. I’m not hearing anything from my fellow 12th CD residents – just lots of talk from folks who *wouldn’t* be his constituent…

http://blog.wachob.com/2008/02/lessig-wants-to.html

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By: James Myers http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/two-announcements/#comment-13596 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 01:50:33 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/two_announcements.html#comment-13596 You’ve got on worker, but i’m in the wrong district in Santa Clara.

I was 11 when I saw to things that shaped my understanding of Congress.
I saw 1776 on stage twice, and I watched my then rep Barbara Jordan give the keynote at the 76 convention.
Imagine my surprise as I grew older and found that Jordan was not a representative Representative.

Even if it’s not a sure thing,…run.
Run Run Run.

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